This week’s round-up of business news includes the Women in Business Award and Judy Heffernan Award recognizing extraordinary women in the City or County of Peterborough, Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. transforming its historic building into Kawartha Lakes’ newest craft brewery, Community Care Peterborough inviting businesses to participate in Meals to Go and support Meals on Wheels.
Also featured this week is and Peterborough advertising agency BrandHealth rebranding as Outpost379, Campbellford suffering a double blow after the Nicholson Bros facility was destroyed by fire and Dart Container Corp. announced its plant closure, and the City of Kawartha Lakes beginning consultations on a downtown parking strategy in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon.
New regional business events added this week include the Community Employment Resource Partnership presenting the Northumberland County Job Fair in Cobourg on March 7th, the City of Kawartha Lakes Age Friendly Steering Committee hosting information sessions on age-friendly business in Fenelon Falls on March 7 and in Lindsay on March 18, the Peterborough Chamber hosting a breakfast meeting with Rhonda Keenan in Peterborough on March 12th, the Kawartha Chamber hosting Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) in Bridgenorth on March 20 and Business After Hours in Peterborough on March 26th, and the Northumberland Chamber hosting the 2018 Business Achievement Awards in Cobourg on March 29th.
Women in Business Award and Judy Heffernan Award recognize extraordinary women in the City or County of Peterborough
International Women’s Day is this Friday (March 8) and a perfect opportunity to nominate an extraordinary woman in the City or County of Peterborough for the Women in Business Award or the Judy Heffernan Award, presented by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN).
The Women in Business Award will recognize a woman who demonstrates business leadership that has led to job creation, innovation, and increased business acumen. It will also recognize the winner’s impact on the community at large, including fundraising, volunteering, and other contributions.
The Judy Heffernan Award will be given to an entrepreneur, mentor, or student who embodies the late Judy Heffernan’s legacy of humbly helping others succeed.
Heffernan, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 61 after a brief battle with cancer, was the general manager of the Greater Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation for 16 years, and an active member of the Peterborough and area business community (including WBN), who volunteered her time on many boards and committees. She was a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women, young and old.
For nomination forms, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/award-nominations/. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th.
The awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 9th at Personal Touch Banquet Hall (1135 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough). Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members, and can be purchased online at www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/.
Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. transforming historic building into Kawartha Lakes’ newest craft brewery
Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is currently transforming its historic building at 4 May Street in Fenelon Falls into Kawartha Lakes’ newest craft brewery.
The building, which was a livery stable in the 19th century, became a blacksmith shop in 1901 operated by Charles Kelly, a business that was still operating into the 1960s.
Fenelon Falls Brewing, founded by by husband and wife Vinh and Agatha Mac, originally planned to open the redeveloped building last fall, but a series of delays meant they only obtained the building permit in December.
Renovation of the interior began in January with exterior work beginning in February, including reinforcing the building’s foundation and structure and raising the roof. MVW Construction of Lindsay is the contractor.
The redeveloped building will eventually contain the brewery, a taproom, an event space, and a street-side patio. No opening date has been announced.
For more information on Fenelon Falls Brewing Co., visit www.fenelonfallsbrewing.com.
Community Care Peterborough invites businesses to participate in Meals to Go and support Meals on Wheels
Community Care Peterborough is kicking off its 2019 March for Meals campaign is kicking off with Meals to Go, where businesses can order a lunch to be delivered directly to their workplace by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
On any Wednesday during March, for $10 you can enjoy a freshly prepared chicken sandwich or salad, with lemon-thyme goat cheese donated by Cross Wind Farm, and a roasted tomato soup. Meals are being prepared at The Mount Community Centre’s new kitchen in partnership with the Community Training and Development Centre, with packaging from Sysco and Outpost Packaging.
For an additional $10 donation, people can also sponsor a lunch for a senior who can’t afford it for themselves.
Meals on Wheels provides a social visit by a caring volunteer, a safety check for many who are isolated, and ensures clients receive hot nutritional meals to help them remain healthy in their own homes where they want to be. With the support of 180 Meals on Wheels Volunteers, Community Care Peterborough delivers over 40,000 hot and frozen meals each year in the City and County of Peterborough.
Last year, 48 different companies from eight business sectors ordered 550 meals and donated over $3,000 to Community Care Peterborough’s Meals on Wheels program. This year, they are planning for 600 meals to be ordered and $4,000 to be donated.
For more information, visit www.commcareptbo.org/events/mealstogo2019.
Peterborough advertising agency BrandHealth rebrands as Outpost379
Peterborough’s BrandHealth has rebranded as Outpost379.
The full-service advertising and communications agency, which was founded in 2005, has a large roster of local, national, and international clients, including Trent University, The Canadian Canoe Museum, the Ontario government, Prince Edward Island, Dukoral, and Cialis.
The new name is a combination of the agency’s downtown Peterborough address (379 George St. N., Peterborough) with the concept of being an “outpost of advertising, on the frontier of what is possible”.
For more information, visit outpost379.com.
Campbellford suffers double blow after Nicholson Bros facility destroyed by fire and Dart Container Corp. announces plant closure
The Town of Campbellford in Northumberland County suffered a double blow last week.
Last Wednesday (February 27), Nicholson Bros Concrete, Excavating and Landscape Supplies’ facility in Tanner Industrial Park was destroyed by fire despite the efforts of more than 50 firefigthers from Trent Hills and Brighton.
Nicholson Bros, which offer a wide variety of construction services, including concrete installation, aggregate products, excavation, and septic system sales and installation, has been serving Campbellford and area for more than 20 years. The company employs more than 30 people.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and the OPP are investigating the blaze. Total damages are not yet known, but the main building itself was worth $300,000.
On the same day, employees at Dart Container Corp. found out the company will cease production at its Campbellford plant in June and will close the plant by September 2019.
Dart Container Corp., which manufactures polystyrene foam cups, has operated in Campbellford since 1985. The plant employs 50 people.
The Michigan-based company also has Canadian locations in Toronto and Mississauga, which are not affected.
City of Kawartha Lakes begins consultations on downtown parking strategy in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon
The City of Kawartha Lakes is consulting with the public on its downtown parking strategy, which will examine the current and future parking requirements in the downtown areas of Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon.
The municipality says the demand for downtown parking has increased dramatically in the last several years. For example, in downtown Lindsay the average rate of use for parking during peak weekday business hours increased from 61 per cent in 2014 to 81 per cent in 2018. Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls have also seen increased pressure on parking resources, especially during the busy summer season.
In April 2018, city council approved $100,000 in funding for the project as a way to address the parking pressures. Kawartha Lakes has retained IBI Group to prepare the strategy in 2019, while will be presented to council in early 2020.
The first round of public consultations is set to take place this week in Lindsay from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th at Lindsay Recreation Complex, in Fenelon Falls from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th at Fenelon Falls Arena and Community Centre, and in Bobcaygeon from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th at Bobcaygeon Service Centre.
These meetings will be of a drop-in nature, providing attendees an opportunity to review information boards, ask questions and provide comments. At 6 p.m., IBI Group will give a public presentation. Representatives of the municipality and IBI Group will be present at the meetings to take questions and comments.
Harvest Haliburton hosts Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum in Minden on March 5
Sustainable food association Harvest Haliburton is hosting the Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th at the Minden Community Centre (55 Parkside St., Minden).
The forum is a chance for interested residents, food producers, farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, elected politicians, municipal staff, and others to learn about the exciting food and agriculture-related projects underway in Haliburton County. Participants can also discover how they can support and shape the future of the local food sector.
Staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will deliver a keynote address on the tools and strategies available to help the area’s local food sector thrive. There will also be discussion topics including selling and branding local food, culinary and food tourism, municipal food planning, and more.
The forum is free to attend and includes a lunch showcasing ingredients from many of the area’s primary food producers.
For more information and to register by February 20th, visit www.harvesthaliburton.com.
2019 Win This Space finale in Peterborough on March 5
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is presenting the finale of the 2019 Win This Space competition from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th at ARIA (331 George St. N., Peterborough).
The winner of the annual competition will be announced at the event. The grand prize package, valued at more than $40,000, includes a free year-long least of a storefront in downtown Peterborough and thousands of dollars in donated prizes including office and computer supplies, marketing and financial services, and advertising and promotion.
The top 10 contestants vying for the grand prize are Sheneese Wilkins of Mink Magic, Becky and Kent Sheehey of Sweat Happy Wellness, Sandra Young of Statement House Vintage, Anthony and Samantha Lennan of The Food Shop, David Searle of Moloko, Emma Pineo of Studio Pineo, Jonathan MacKay of Sustain Your Eco Living & Building Store, Laura and Dave Clark of Knook & Cranny, Lacey Klatt of Cozy Home Designs By Lacey, and Jules Diotallevi of The Rabbit Hole. The event begins with networking and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. following by the main event at 6 p.m.
Lakefield Career Fair and and Community Information Session on March 6
The City and County of Peterborough, Agilec, the Municipality of Trent Lakes, and the Township of Selwyn have organized the Lakefield Career Fair and Community Information Session from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th at the Lakefield Legion (10 Nicholls St., Lakefield).
The free event is for job seekers of all ages, and will feature employers offering include year-round and seasonal positions including skilled and general labour, nursing, food service, cleaning, and more.
Employers at the event will include AGTA Home Health Care, Burleigh Falls Inn, Cameron Steel Inc., Canadian Armed Forces, Concentrix, Katchiwano Golf & Country Club, Lockstop Café\Coons Cottage Care, Nightingale Nursing, Ontario Provincial Police, Otonabee Conservation Authority, R&J Machine, Savage Arms, SGS Canada, Six Foot Bay Resort, and Regency Retirement Lakefield.
Kawartha Lakes Arts Council hosts a copyright workshop for creators on March 6 in Janetville
Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is hosting the “Copyright for Creators” workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th at Janetville Community Centre (693 Janetville Rd., Janetville).
Writers, visual artists, graphic designers, musicians and composers, actors, producers, filmmakers, and game designers can learn about copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, and licensing. You will find out how to protect original creative ideas, understand the rules about public domain, and ask questions about infringement, reproduction, and transformative use.
Panelists include Penni Holdham (master prop builder, designer, and muralist), Dwayne Collins (digital scholarship librarian), and Catherine Jones (music and media rights specialist) and the evening will be moderated by Dianne Lister (photographer and chair of Kawartha Lakes Arts Council).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening will begin with a presentation at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session at 8 p.m. and refreshments at 8:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 for members of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and $15 for non-members and guests. Cash or cheque will be accepted to the door.
To register, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/copyright-for-creators-registration-55605907767,
Lindsay Chamber hosts its annual general meeting in Lindsay on March 6
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual general meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th at The Auk’s Lodge on Fleming College’s Frost Campus (200 Albert St. S., Lindsay).
You can view the Chamber’s activities and successes of the past year, learn about Chamber initiatives for the year ahead, and review the 2018 financial statement. A motion will be passed for member to accept the next slate of board members.
Refreshments will be provided by The Olympia Restaurant and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, contact Colleen Collins at 705-324-2393 or email@example.com. To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg23a1s2f0dd87e6
City of Kawartha Lakes Age Friendly Steering Committee hosting information sessions on age-friendly business in Fenelon Falls on March 7 and in Lindsay on March 18
The Age Friendly Steering Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes is hosting two information sessions on age-friendly business, with the first taking place from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 7th at Fenelon Falls Seniors Club (70 Murray St., Fenelon Falls) and the second from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at Between the Bread Eatery and Market (17 William St. S., Lindsay).
Both events are free and are open to all business owners and staff who are interested in learning how to make their business more age friendly. There will be a light breakfast during the presentation, and take-away resources will be available.
To register in advance, visit www.eventbrite.ca/o/age-friendly-steering-committee-18819492704. On-site registration will take place 15 minutes before the start time at each event.
Community Employment Resource Partnership presents Northumberland County Job Fair in Cobourg on March 7
The Community Employment Resource Partnership is hosting its annual Northumberland County Job Fair for local employers and job seekers from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th at Cobourg Lions Community Centre (157 Elgin St. E., Cobourg).
The job fair features more than 22 employers looking to connect with potential employees for more than 100 various jobs and summer student opportunities in health care, manufacturing, retail and customer service, landscaping, and food services.
Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their cover letter and resume and dress in interview-appropriate attire, as some employers may conduct on-site interviews with qualified applicants.
City of Kawartha Lakes hosting public information centre on downtown Lindsay reconstruction on March 7 in Lindsay
The City of Kawartha Lakes is hosting a public information centre on the design project for the reconstruction of downtown Lindsay from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th at the Victoria Park Armoury (210 Kent St. W., Lindsay).
The information centre will present the proposed streetscape plans, building on previously completed planning and design studies and incorporating public feedback and input from stakeholder groups including the Lindsay Downtown BIA, the Downtown Revitalization Working Group, and Heritage Committee and Accessibility Committee.
Drop in between 6 and 8 p.m. A formal presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in Campbellford on March 7
The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual general meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre (36 Front St. S., Campbellford).
The event will include networking, light refreshments, and a review of Chamber events, activities, and programs over the past year.
FastStart Peterborough presents E-Connect: International Women’s Day – Female Founders on March 7
FastStart Peterborough’s next E-Connect session, “International Women’s Day – Female Founders”, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
The event features a panel discussion with Dana Empey (Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel Services), Gwyneth James (Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants), and Michelle Ferreri (Michelleferreri.com and MF Media Group).
The event is free, but register at www.eventbrite.com/e/e-connect-international-womens-day-female-founders-tickets-55525255534 to secure your seats.
Men are also encouraged to attend.
Peterborough Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with Rhonda Keenan in Peterborough on March 12
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce “Chamber AM” breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough).
Rhonda Keenan, President and CEO of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, will speak on the topic “What’s next for Peterborough? An economic development update.”
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (when you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), followed by the speaker at 8 a.m.
There is no cost for the event (order what you like and pay for what you order).
Kawartha Chamber hosts Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) in Bridgenorth on March 20
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its first Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) of 2019 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th at Bridgenorth Community Hall (836 Charles St. Bridgenorth).
The topic will be “Generating Sales with Social Media & Online Marketing” and will feature panellists Heather Watson of acorn30, Matt Stimpson of We Design Group, and Mallory Graham of Rosey’s Trading Post.
The session will be moderated by Madeleine Hurrell, Economic Development Officer at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre.
The cost is $15+HST for Chamber members, or $25+HST for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10157.
Kawartha Chamber hosts Business After Hours in Peterborough on March 26
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its first Business After Hours of 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th at The Canadian Canoe Museum (910 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough).
The evening features networking, learning about some of the non-profit organizations in the area, and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum. Non-profits with small displays at the event will include Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield, Camp Kawartha, Community Care, Cuddles for Cancer, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, Indian River Reptile Zoo, Peterborough Humane Society, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation.
To register for the free event, visit a href=”http://business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10128″ rel=”noopener” title=”Business After Hours Registration – kawarthachamber.ca” target=”_blank”>business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10128.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosts inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference in Peterborough on March 28
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is bringing together business owners from across Peterborough & the Kawarthas for the inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club (1030 Armour Rd., Peterborough).
This is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs looking to learn from industry thought leaders, network with like-minded professionals to develop partnerships and collaboration, and grow and improve their business. Keynote speakers are Nikki Pett on the topic “Relationship Marketing” and Darrell Keezer on the topic “Digital Disruption”, wiht special guest speaker George Anastasopoulos.
There will be an afternoon panel on customer service in the digital age features local business people include Katie Dempsey of Blind Ambition, Bob Gauvreau of Gauvreau & Associates, Mike Watt of Providence/S.O.S./Flavour Fashion, Scott Murison of Wild Rock, and Nicole Truman of Fox Law.
The conference registration also includes the opportunity to participate in the “Headshot Photo Booth”, where business owners can get a professional photo taken.
Early bird tickets are $40+HST until March 10th ($55 after) and include breakfast and lunch.
For the complete program and to register, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-business-entrepreneurship-conference-tickets-54945307895.
This event is being presented with the support of Kawarthas Northumberland, Canada Business Ontario, and the Peterborough Region Angel Network.
Northumberland Chamber hosts 2018 Business Achievement Awards in Cobourg on March 29
The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Achievement Awards from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 29th at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre (930 Burnham St., Cobourg).
The annual awards recognize excellence and honour high achievers in the local business community.
Tickets for the gala, which includes a multi-course dinner, are $90+HST. Purchase tickets by March 25th by phone at 905-372-5831 or online at nccofc.ca/events/register/1364
Peterborough Emergency Management and Safety Forum on April 4 and 5
The Peterborough Emergency Management and Safety Forum is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th at Stonehouse Hall (2195 Lansdowne St. Peterborough).
This two-day event is an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of emergency management and safety planning and execution. The forum will cover incident management and mitigation, emergency planning and responses, public safety, business continuity planning, interoperability in times of crisis or serious event, and coordinated collaborative response.
There will be guest speakers from Orlando, Florida speaking on lessons learned from the Pulse Night Club shooting, Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert speaking on the 2018 Toronto van incident, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the O.P.P. speaking on communications and the media in a crisis, Tom McKay (President of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners), and an expert panel on cyber security.
Early bird tickets are $75 until Friday, February 15th and $100 thereafter. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-emergency-management-and-safety-forum-2019-tickets-53587643083.
For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.